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July 4th Garland 


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July 4th Garland 

Written By: Jessica Wilson 



Red, white and blue crepe paper streamersHeavy duty glue stickWhite glueRed acrylic paintPaint brushPainter's 
tapeScissorsPen or pencil18-20 cupcake liners'! 8-20 4" x 6" index cardsSewing machine 

Step 1 — July 4th Garland 

• Prep your index cards by gluing 
them together in pairs using your 
glue stick. Mine were lined on one 
side so I stuck 'em together with 
the lined side facing. 9-10 finished 
cards make for a sweet six-foot 
garland, though you can make 
more if you wish. 

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Step 2 

• Set up a happy paint-friendly work 
space to paint up your cards. I 
used two strips of painter's tape on 
each card to mask off three 
stripes, and then I painted them 

Step 3 

• Paint away on the white space but don't fret if ya get your tape all painty too. Once it dries, 
carefully peel tape off to reveal a swatch of red and white stripes. Painter's tape is best for 
this as its tack isn't as fierce as masking tape. Even so, a few of my cards lost a bit of 
their top layer. 

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Step 4 

• Create a scalloped pattern by 
folding an extra index card into 
thirds and then sketching a curved 
shape at the edge. Trim with 
scissors and open it up. 

Step 5 

• Plop your pattern atop the backside of one of your painted cards and trace the scalloped 
bottom. Cut along the line you traced, and and then repeat this process for each card. 

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Step 6 

• Roll out a seven-foot length (more or less if you choose) of white crepe paper and fold it in 
half lengthwise. Use glue stick to glue the top of each painted card between the two layers 
of the folded crepe paper, placing them about 5"- 6" apart. Create a hanging loop at each 
end of your garland by gluing the ends of the crepe paper into a loop as shown here. 

Step 7 

• Roll out additional lengths of crepe 
paper in red and blue and bring the 
whole party to your sewing 
machine. Stack the colors however 
you fancy while keeping the card- 
festooned strip on top. Use a long 
zig-zag stitch and slowly stitch 
through all your layers from one 
end to the other. It may take a 
moment to get the hang of it, but 
move slowly and you'll be fine. 

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Step 8 

• To create the "firework bursts"; gather up your cupcake liners. Take one liner and turn it 
inside out, and then crumple the second liner and glue it to the inside of the first with white 
glue. Repeat until you have 9 or 10 bursts. I'm a bit of a cupcake liner addict and often pick 
up the holiday themed packs at the after-holiday sales. I found my liners at a local craft 
store; they were made by Wilton but you can use any color you like. Glue one cupcake- 
liner burst atop each painted-card flag and allow to dry. 

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